April 17, 2017

Vigilant Citizen's Call Results In Drug Arrest

Thank you to the alert citizen for watching out for their neighborhood & calling 911.
Around 1:00 pm on 4/14/17, a concerned citizen reported two people who appeared to be passed out in a car parked in the 100 block of Blaine Street. SCPD Officers contacted two individuals slumped over inside a silver BMW. After knocking on the windows, Officers were eventually able to wake up the occupants. Drug paraphernalia was visible on the center console.
A search of the car led to an arrest. Officers found heroin, methamphetamine, cash, and additional drug paraphernalia in the vehicle.


Officers also discovered a realistic looking BB handgun and a metal "slim jim" in the back of the car.
A "slim jim" is a thin metal tool used to unlock car doors without a key.
Officers arrested Paul Otey, 37 years old, from Santa Cruz for possession of heroin, methamphetamine, drug sales, and paraphernalia.

The Santa Cruz Police Department continues to encourage residents to be partners in public safety. Anyone with information regarding criminal activity is encouraged to contact the Santa Cruz Police Department at (831) 420-5820 or Anonymous Tip Line (831) 420-5995. Please continue to contact SCPD when suspicious activity occurs in your neighborhood.